It’s possible to sound too sincere

I’ve mentioned before that I used to work as a volunteer for Chris Huhne – my local MP. So I was pleased to see this story:

Chris Huhne shortlisted for top award:

Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne has been shortlisted for the Opposition Politician of the Year award in the 2007 Channel 4 Political awards.

This is the top award exclusively for Opposition politicians at the network’s annual political prize-giving…

…MPs will soon receive their ballot papers for a secret ballot of all MPs conducted by the Electoral Reform Society.

Well done, Chris – and good luck.

But, it was the rest of the story that really caught my eye.

Chris Huhne said: “It is an honour to be nominated …”

But … said that the best award he could have was the thanks of any Eastleigh resident whom he had managed to help with some problem.

I applaud the sentiment… but really – this was a bit over the top, wasn’t it?

I guess that maybe something I learnt today is that I can be so cynical that I’d rather he’d just said something along the lines of “yay, isn’t it cool, I hope I win!”. 🙁

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